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Wall Street

1987  126 MN


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Oliver Stone

A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.

 Release Date

December 10, 1987


2h6m (126 min)


$ 15,000,000


$ 43,900,000

 Top Billed Cast

 Charlie Sheen
 Bud Fox
 Michael Douglas
 Gordon Gekko
 Martin Sheen
 Carl Fox
 Daryl Hannah
 Darien Taylor
 John C. McGinley
 Hal Holbrook
 Lou Mannheim

 Written by

Oliver Stone Writer
Stanley Weiser Writer


Every dream has a price.



Charlie Sheen
  Bud Fox
Michael Douglas
  Gordon Gekko
Martin Sheen
  Carl Fox
Daryl Hannah
  Darien Taylor
John C. McGinley
Hal Holbrook
  Lou Mannheim
Sean Young
  Kate Gekko
Terence Stamp
  Sir Larry Wildman
James Spader
  Roger Barnes
Chuck Pfeiffer
Lauren Tom
  Lady Broker
Tamara Tunie
Franklin Cover
James Karen
Saul Rubinek
  Harry Salt
Leslie Lyles
Faith Geer
  Natalie's Assistant
Frank Adonis
John Capodice
Suzen Murakoshi
  Girl in Bed
Dani Klein
François Giroday
Paul Guilfoyle
  Stone Livingston
Monique van Vooren
  Woman at '21'
Sylvia Miles
  Dolores the Realtor
Annie McEnroe
  Muffie Livingston
Josh Mostel
Ann Talman
Lisa Zebro
Martin Sherman
  Banker at '21'
Derek Keir
  Busboy at '21'
Andrea Thompson
George Blumenthal
  Broker in Locker Room
George Vlachos
  Maitre'd 'Le Cirque'
Liliane Montevecchi
  Woman at 'Le Cirque'
Ronald von Klaussen
  Airline Mechanic
Michael O'Donoghue
Pirie MacDonald
  TV Business Analyst
Thomas Anderson
Cecilia Peck
  Candice Rogers
Jack Pruett
  Sam Ruspoli
Ronald Yamamoto
Yanni Sfinias
Grant Shaud
  Young Broker
Carol Schneider
Sean Stone
  Rudy Gekko
Astrid De Richemonte
Adelle Lutz
Christopher Burge
Richard Feigen
  Bidder at Auction
John Galateo
  SEC Man
Richard Dysart
William G. Knight
  Duncan Wilmore
Jean De Baer
  Toni Carpenter
Bruce Daniel Diker
  Young Lawyer
Jeff Beck
  Investment Banker
Diego Del Vayo
  Commercial Banker
Millie Perkins
  Mrs. Fox
Pat Skipper
  Postal Inspector
John Deyle
  U.S. Attorney
Michael A. Raymond
  Trader - New York Stock Exchange
Eugene Dumaresq
  Trader - New York Stock Exchange
Ken Lipper
  Trader - Office
Donnie Kehr
  Trader - Office
David Logan
  Trader - Office
Paul Kawecki
  Trader - Office
Dickson Shaw
  Trader - Office
Patrick Weathers
  Trader - Office
Jill Dalton
  Trader - Office
Allan Salkin
  Trader - Office
Oliver Stone
  Trader - Office
Michael C. Mahon
  Trader - Office
Jeff Rector
  Trader - Office
Pamela Riley
  Trader - Office
Jon Wool
  Trader - Office
James Bulleit
  Elevator Person
Alexandra Neil
  Elevator Person
Sam Ingraffia
  Elevator Person
Anna Thomson
  Elevator Person
Byron Utley
  Elevator Person
J. Adam Glover
  Evan Morrissey (uncredited)
David Hummel
  Stock Broker (uncredited)
Erville Light
  Herself (uncredited)
Kevin Michael Moran
  Business Man (uncredited)
Chris Nelson Norris
  Health Club Attendant (uncredited)
Bill Phillips
  Chronicle Reporter (uncredited)
Helen Proimos
  Race Fan (uncredited)
Ron Turek
  Stock Broker (uncredited)
Eric Kramer
  Trader - Office (uncredited)


Oliver Stone
Edward R. Pressman
Stewart Copeland
  Original Music Composer
Robert Richardson
  Director of Photography
Claire Simpson
Oliver Stone
Stanley Weiser
A. Kitman Ho
Billy Hopkins
Stephen Hendrickson
  Production Design
John Jay Moore
  Art Direction
Fern Buchner
  Makeup Artist
Anthony Cortino
Gregg Barbanell
Harry Madsen
  Stunt Coordinator
Bob Hagans
  Color Timer
Leslie Bloom
  Set Decoration
Jim Fredericks
  Set Dressing Artist
Chris Newman
  Sound Mixer
Mike Miller
Budd Carr
  Music Supervisor
Dan Perri
  Title Designer


 New Quote

Gordon Gekko: [at the Teldar Paper stockholder's meeting] Well, I appreciate the opportunity you're giving me Mr. Cromwell as the single largest shareholder in Teldar Paper, to speak. Well, ladies and gentlemen we're not here to indulge in fantasy but in political and economic reality. America, America has become a second-rate power. Its trade deficit and its fiscal deficit are at nightmare proportions. Now, in the days of the free market when our country was a top industrial power, there was accountability to the stockholder. The Carnegies, the Mellons, the men that built this great industrial empire, made sure of it because it was their money at stake. Today, management has no stake in the company! All together, these men sitting up here own less than three percent of the company. And where does Mr. Cromwell put his million-dollar salary? Not in Teldar stock; he owns less than one percent. You own the company. That's right, you, the stockholder. And you are all being royally screwed over by these, these bureaucrats, with their luncheons, their hunting and fishing trips, their corporate jets and golden parachutes.
Cromwell: This is an outrage! You're out of line Gekko!
Gordon Gekko: Teldar Paper, Mr. Cromwell, Teldar Paper has 33 different vice presidents each earning over 200 thousand dollars a year. Now, I have spent the last two months analyzing what all these guys do, and I still can't figure it out. One thing I do know is that our paper company lost 110 million dollars last year, and I'll bet that half of that was spent in all the paperwork going back and forth between all these vice presidents. The new law of evolution in corporate America seems to be survival of the unfittest. Well, in my book you either do it right or you get eliminated. In the last seven deals that I've been involved with, there were 2.5 million stockholders who have made a pretax profit of 12 billion dollars. Thank you. I am not a destroyer of companies. I am a liberator of them! The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And greed, you mark my words, will not only save Teldar Paper, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.


Bud Fox: Sun-tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.

Gordon Gekko: The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

Gordon Gekko: I don't throw darts at a board. I bet on sure things. Read Sun-tzu, The Art of War. Every battle is won before it is ever fought.

Bud Fox: Why do you have to wreck this company...
Gordon Gekko: Because it's WRECKABLE, that's why!


Gordon Gekko: You gonna tell me the difference between this guy and that guy is luck?
[points at a bum and businessman]


Gordon Gekko: You see that building? I bought that building ten years ago. My first real estate deal. Sold it two years later, made an $800,000 profit. It was better than sex. At the time I thought that was all the money in the world. Now it's a day's pay.

Bud Fox: How much is enough?
Gordon Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.


Gordon Gekko: I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing.

Gordon Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it. You've got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I've still got a lot to teach you.

Gordon Gekko: If you need a friend, get a dog.

Carl Fox: Money's only something you need in case you don't die tomorrow...

Lou Mannheim: Man looks in the abyss, there's nothing staring back at him. At that moment, man finds his character. And that is what keeps him out of the abyss.

Lou: The main thing about money, Bud, is that it makes you do things you don't want to do.

[Blue Star has gone from 24 to 16 1/2 in a very short time]
Gordon Gekko: Fox, where the hell are you? I am losing MILLIONS! You got me into this airline and you sure as hell better get me out or the only job you'll ever have on the Street is SWEEPING IT! You hear me, Fox?
Bud Fox: You once told me, don't get emotional about stock. Don't! The bid is 16 1/2 and going down. As your broker, I advise you to take it.
Gordon Gekko: Yeah. Well you TAKE IT!
Gordon Gekko: *Right in the ass you fucking scumbag cocksucker!*
Bud Fox: It's two minutes to closing, Gordon. What do you want to do? Decide.
Gordon Gekko: [calms down] Dump it.


Gordon Gekko: [meeting alone together in Central Park] Hiya, Buddy.
Bud Fox: [nods as the both walk up to face one another] Gordon.
Gordon Gekko: [with a smirk on his face] Sand bagged me on Bluestar huh? I guess you think you taught the teacher a lesson that the tail can wag the dog huh? Well let me clue you in, pal. The ice is melting right underneath your feet.
[punches Bud and grabs him by the coattails]
Gordon Gekko: Did you think you could've gotten this far this fast with anyone else, huh? That you'd be out there dicking someone like Darien? No. You'd still be cold calling widows and dentists tryin' to sell 'em 20 shares of some dog shit stock. I took you in.
[hits him again]
Gordon Gekko: A NOBODY!
[and again]
Gordon Gekko: I opened the doors for you! Showed you how the system works! The value of information! How to *get it*! Fulham oil! Brant resources! Geodynamics! And this is how you fucking pay me back you COCKROACH?
[hits him once again and Bud falls to the ground]
Gordon Gekko: I GAVE you Darien. I GAVE you your manhood. I gave you EVERYTHING!
[calms down, then takes out his handkerchief and throws it to Bud to clean off the blood]
Gordon Gekko: You could've been one of the great ones Buddy. I looked at you and saw myself. Why?
Bud Fox: [getting up] I don't know. I guess I realized that I'm just Bud Fox.
Bud Fox: As much as I wanted to be Gordon Gekko, I'll *always* be Bud Fox.
[tosses back the handkerchief and walks away]


Bud Fox: Life all comes down to a few moments. This is one of them.

Bud Fox: There's no nobility in poverty.

Carl Fox: He's using you, kid. He's got your prick in his back pocket, but you're too blind to see it.
Bud Fox: No. What I see is a jealous old machinist who can't stand the fact that his son has become more successful than he has!
Carl Fox: What you see is a guy who never measured a man's success by the size of his WALLET!
Bud Fox: That's because you never had the GUTS to go out into the world and stake your own claim!
[Long Pause]
Carl Fox: Boy, if that's the way you feel, I must have done a really lousy job as a father.


Bud Fox: Blue Horseshoe loves Anacott Steel.

Gordon Gekko: It's all about bucks, kid. The rest is conversation.

Gordon Gekko: The most valuable commodity I know of is information.

Gordon Gekko: Jesus, if this guy owned a funeral parlor nobody would die!

Gordon Gekko: Greed captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.

[Early in the morning, Bud's phone rings]
Bud Fox: [answers the phone] Yeah.
Gordon Gekko: Money never sleeps, pal. Just made 800,000 in Hong Kong gold. It's been wired to you. Play with it. You've done good, but you gotta keep doing good. I've showed you how the game works. Now School's out.
Bud Fox: Mr, Gekko, I'm there for you 110%.
Gordon Gekko: No, no, no, no. You don't understand. I wanna be surprised. Astonish me, pal. New info. I don't care where or how you get it, just get it. My wife tells me you made a move on Darien. Well, here some inside info for you: That euro-flash G.Q.-type she's going out with has got big bucks, but he's putting her feet to sleep. Exit Visas are imminent, so I don't want you losing your place in line.
[take a look at the sunrise]
Gordon Gekko: Ah, Jesus. I wish you could see this. Light's coming up. I've never seen a painting that captures the beauty of the ocean at a moment like this. I'm gonna make you rich, Bud Fox. Yeah. Rich enough, you can afford a girl like Darien. This is your wake-up call, pal. Go to work.


Gordon Gekko: When I get a hold of the son of a bitch who leaked this, I'm gonna tear his eyeballs out and I'm gonna suck his fucking skull.

Bud Fox: Great, Caroline. Doing any better and it'd be a sin.

Marv: We're all just one trade away from humility.

Gordon Gekko: I look at a hundred deals a day. I pick one.

Gordon Gekko: This is the kid, calls me 59 days in a row, wants to be a player. There ought to be a picture of you in the dictionary under persistence kid.

Gordon Gekko: Mixed emotions, buddy. Like Larry Wildman going off a cliff in my new Maserati.

Gordon Gekko: Sir Larry Wildman. Like all Brits, he thinks he was born with a better pot to piss in.

Bud Fox: Did mom give you fish for dinner?
Carl Fox: Spaghetti! Your mother still makes lousy spaghetti.
Bud Fox: It's called "pasta" now, dad. "Spaghetti" is out of date.
Carl Fox: So am I.


Gordon Gekko: You're walking around blind without a cane, pal. A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.

Bud Fox: Having sex with her was like reading the Wall Street Journal.

[Bud just got a promotion]
Lynch: The minute I laid eyes on you, I knew you had what it took.


[Bud just got arrested]
Lynch: The minute I laid eyes on you, I knew you were no good.


Carl Fox: "There came into Egypt a Pharaoh who did not know."
Gordon Gekko: I beg your pardon, is that a proverb?
Carl Fox: No, a prophecy. The rich have been doing it to the poor since the beginning of time. The only difference between the Pyramids and the Empire State Building is the Egyptians didn't allow unions. I know what this guy is all about, greed. He don't give a damn about Bluestar or the unions. He's in and out for the buck and he don't take prisoners.


Lou Mannheim: Kid, you're on a roll. Enjoy it while it lasts, 'cause it never does.


 New Review

Greed is good
By DJ on March 30, 2018

I love Wall Street - the movie, I mean. While the film is of course an exaggeration on his own, it still depicts a fascinating world. And as a movie, it has the all package. There is romance, suspense, action (sort of), fun moments and most of all, money. Because the film is mostly about greed than about Wall Street per say. The world of finance is only a way for the characters to make money. And in their struggle, they loose all of their integrity, honesty and overall righteousness. Because, as explained Gordon Gekko, "greed, for lack of a better word, is good." And those men are ready to take any action in order to achieve their goals.

The script is very good. I really enjoyed the dialogue. A few excerpts:
Gordon Gekko: If you need a friend, get a dog.
Gordon Gekko: Ever wonder why fund managers can't beat the S&P 500? Cause they're sheep, and sheep get slaughtered.

A superb film that continues to resonate decades after. I give it 8 out of 10. Superb.


If there were ever to be a film to demonstrate to youngsters the toxic effects of greed on someone then you'd struggle to find a more apt one than this. Made at the height of the stock market boom, it tells the tale of the naive but ambitious "Bud Fox" (Charlie Sheen) who devises a get-rich-quick scheme that attracts the attention of his super-venal boss "Gekko" (a superb Michael Douglas) who treats scruples like something unpleasant he had just trodden on. What now ensues is a break-neck course in how avarice; manipulation; a certain degree of luck and loads of sheer brass neck take him from being a bit of an home boy, to living in a fancy loft apartment, bathing in champagne and alienating both his erstwhile colleagues and his working class father "Carl" (Martin Sheen). It is only when a scheme that involves that latter man's airline employer is front and centre on planet "Gekko" that the young man starts to realise what's happening and with the help of Briton "Sir Larry Wildman" (a rather too plausible Terence Stamp) changes course a little. It has a very effective supporting cast; the writing and direction from Oliver Stone is quickly paced and well focussed and the story itself shows the rat race in as true a cinematic rendition as I have ever seen. Sure, the shoulder pads and costumes have dated since 1987, but the principles of a dog-eat-dog world are just as worthy of exposure now as they were then.


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